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Tuesday 12th December

  

Our last morning of our holiday, and as we had a few hours spare, we took a taxi to the Centro Vasco da Gama: a large shopping mall, festively decorated, with access to the walk along the River Tagus.

We stopped first for morning coffee and eats, sitting outside on the terrace warmed by the sun. Such a wonderful view, looking out over a large, metal sculpture of a Sun Man, by Jorge Vieira, then on to an avenue of fluttering flags. A perfect vista.

As it was so warm and pleasant, we took a stroll outside to the river walk, past all the flags, on to a view of the Vasco da Gama Bridge: with a total length of 12.3 km, it is the longest bridge in Europe.

We had a final wander around all three levels of the mall, noting that it was now becoming  much busier, stopping for another coffee, then finding a taxi back to the hotel, then a shuttle on to the airport.

And there we are, with a 130 mile an hour head wind, the flight took two and a half hours, (a little longer than planned), landing in the rain, with a welcome home temperature of 4°C. Brrrrrrrrr……..

Thought about you all the time.

Precious Angel son.

Miss you so much.

xxxxxx

Very large decorations in the mall

Looking festive

Morning coffee with pastel de nata and almond tart

Homen Sol

A sculpture by Jorge Vieira

The Metro station opposite

It is a tall metal thing

A perfect blue sky

Looking back towards the mall

River Tagus, Vasco da Gama Bridge and cable cars

A pretty walk along the river

Fluttering flags in the Park of Nations 

And their reflections

Another sculpture

That metal man again

9 responses »

    • Thank you.
      I thought the temperature in Lisbon was most pleasant…..So much better than arriving back in England, going to collect our car, and finding snow all around it ☃️❄️☃️
      It really is quite chilly, and blowing a gale right now.
      And yes, I’m sure we’ll be back in Portugal very soon. We have so much more to explore. We loved the country, the people, the food, and of course the weather!
      x 😎 x

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